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Preserved 500 Mondial to be Auctioned by RM Sotheby’s

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015

In New York on December 10, RM Sotheby’s will offer the very rare and original 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial, chassis 0564MD/0424MD. Finished in French Blu and equipped with a Lampredi four-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, 0564MD/0424MD was sold new to French gentleman driver Mr. Yves Dupont in 1955 and successfully campaigned in period. It made its racing debut at the 12 heures de Hyères in May 1955 and later entered the famous and demanding Liège-Rome-Liège. Following the end of the 1955 season, 0564MD/0424MD was returned to the factory to be refurbished; it was never picked up by its owner and instead remained there for the next two decades, during which time it was oversprayed red by the factory and displayed at the Monza Museum. In 1975, the factory sold the car to French enthusiast Jean-Francois du Montant. Over the ensuing...

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Rare 290 MM to be Auctioned by RM Sotheby’s

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015

In New York on December 10, RM Sotheby’s will present a truly rare Ferrari – the ex-Works 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, chassis s/n 0626, at its exclusive Driven by Disruption sale in New York City. Raced not only by Fangio but also future World Champion Phil Hill, along with numerous other celebrated Ferrari Formula One drivers, the featured Ferrari is undoubtedly one of the greatest, most original, and most valuable cars ever offered at public auction. Chassis 0626 was specifically built by the Ferrari factory for Juan Manuel Fangio to drive in the 1956 Mille Miglia. Certainly the best driver of his era, and classed by many as the greatest driver who ever lived, Fangio raced s/n 0626 in the 1000-mile event single-handedly, finishing an impressive 4th overall in a race hindered by appalling conditions. Dressed in the unique...

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Brazilian GP: Vettel on the Podium, Raikkonen Fourth

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015

Seb third for thirteenth podium this season, ahead of Kimi At the end of a race in which the top four finished in grid order, the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen brought home important points for the championship. The German and the Finn ran third and fourth from lights out to chequered flag. Third place for Vettel means he has been on the podium 13 times from 18 starts this year. Raikkonen’s fourth spot is a welcome result, following on from two races that didn’t go well for him. Nico Rosberg won for Mercedes. Maurizio Arrivabene: “Our pace today was good: on some laps we were close to the Mercedes, on some other stages we were matching their lap times and on some occasions we managed to be even quicker. Overall, though, they were quicker than...

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Brazilian GP: A Red Second Row

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015

Vettel third in qualifying at Interlagos, while Raikkonen will move up to fourth The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will both start tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix from the second row of the Interlagos grid. Come the end of qualifying, Seb was third with a 1.11.804 and Kimi was fifth in 1.12.144. However, with Valtteri Bottas, fourth fastest, having to take a three place grid penalty, Raikkonen moves up one place to start alongside his team-mate. Nico Rosberg took pole with a lap in 1.11.282.   Source: Ferrari...

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A New Ferrari Sports Car

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015

This small spider, seen in the Monza paddock on June 29, 1953, is an entirely new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Ferrari sports car designed at Ferrari by Aurelio Lampredi. It is without doubt a very significant departure in Ferrari history, being Ferrari’s first 4-cylinder sports car. This spider was called the 625TF and was one of three cars built with that type designation. This one initially carried  the chassis number 0302TF. The “TF” suffix did not stand for Targa Florio but rather, according to Ferrari’s long-time senior technician Luigi Bazzi, referred to Tipo Formula. Indeed, the engine of the 625TF was a derivative, detuned for sports car use, of that to be used in the 625F1, which would lead Ferrari’s F1 activities in 1954. That F1 motor was also a direct linear descendant of the successful 4-cylinder Lampredi-designed 500F2 which had earned a World Championship...

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Ferrari F12 TDF Debuts at Finali Mondiali

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015

Overflow crowds on the event’s final day Record closing day for the Finali Mondiali [World Finals] at the Mugello circuit. On the final day, as many as 50,000 spectators crowded the installation owned by Ferrari. The most anticipated event was the exhibition of the Scuderia Ferrari and its official drivers, but much more was on display at the track including the debut of the Ferrari F123 TDF. The exhibition. The great exhibition on the track started at 12:45 p.m. The brand new F12tdf series opened the exhibition hour. This car pays tribute to the famous Tour de France Automobile; it is produced in 799 units and is equipped with a V12 engines with a power of 780 HP. Three examples of the car went onto the track: Kimi Raikkonen and Esteban Gutierrez accompanied respectively the managing director Amedeo Felisa and...

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Testa Rossa Model Showcased in Cavallino 209

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015

In one of the most beautiful issues of Cavallino ever, the 250 TR, s/n 0724 TR, was presented in all its glory, both in the exquisite salon images by famous automotive photographer David Wendt, but also in the abundance of historical images, culled from many sources. Historian and researcher Jarrett Rothmeier gives a close-up look at the successful career of the TR, both in Europe and for many years in the USA. From the Jarrett Rothmeier text: “After a spectacular fifty years of ownership, Dr. Murphey finally decided to part with his beloved Testa Rossa. In 2011, fellow Ft. Worth collectors Paul & Chris Andrews took possession of the old warhorse. The father and son team decided to undertake a complete restoration and entrusted the car to world-renowned specialist Paul Russell & Company. Following a two-plus year effort, s/n...

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The Automobile Club de l’Ouest Launches a New GT3 Endurance Series

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015

During the final round of the 2015 season of the European Le Mans Series in Estoril (Portugal), Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, and Gérard Neveu, European Le Mans Serie CEO, with Pascal Couasnon, Michelin Motorsport Manager, announced the creation of a new GT3 Endurance series in 2016. Ferrari GT3 cars can partake. The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup will be launched next season and will run on the European Le Mans Series meetings, completing the line-up of exciting race series for the race week-ends including ELMS, Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault Sport Trophy RS01. The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup is reserved for GT3 category cars and will take part on five ELMS rounds: Imola, Red Bull Ring, Le Castellet, Spa and Estoril. A sixth round will place at Le Mans in June as the...

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Tour Auto Optic 2ooo – Special 25th Anniversary Event

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015

A Final Under Starry Skies! The next Tour de France Auto Optic 2000 on 18-24 April 2016 is an anniversary event. Bearing this in mind it will give the 240 participants a new-for-2016 route, which will finish for the first time in the Peter Auto era with a nighttime run on well-known rally roads in the countryside above the Côte d’Azur. The cars which have made the Tour a legend will have the place of honour for this occasion : Ferrari 250 GT Competizione, Jaguar 3,8l MKII, Ligier JS2 and Matra MS650… As is tradition, the 2016 Tour Auto Optic 2000 will begin on Monday, April 18, by a car exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. The next day (Tuesday, April 19), competitors will start from the French capital to travel along roads and race on circuits all...

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Zoute Grand Prix Gains Prominence

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015

The 6th edition of the Zoute Grand Prix in the seaside city of Knokke in Begium overshadowed it’s already previous editions. Starting with the Classic Rally for cars produced between 1920 and 1965 on Thursday it meant four days of classic cars action. On the Boulevard, top marques presented their last models, ranging from Audi, Tesla to Bentley and Ferrari, where the 488 Spider made it’s debut to the Belgian spectators. Bonhams held its auction with five Ferraris on sale, and the highest priced Ferrari was a 2011 599 SA Aperta (s/n 18250) that went for UK Pounds 891.250 to a new owner. On Saturday and Sunday was the Concours d’Elegance. Approach Golf was the venue for Saturday and open to the public, while the Sunday of the Concours was for invitation only at the Royal Zoute Golf Club....

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Mexican GP: Double Retirement for Ferrari

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015

Kimi Raikkonen’s race ends on lap 22 after a collision. Sebastian Vettel crashes out with 20 laps to go Scuderia Ferrari’s Mexican Grand Prix came to a premature end today. Sebastian Vettel faced an uphill struggle from just metres after the start. The German and Daniel Ricciardo had a coming together at the first corner, which punctured the Ferrari’s right rear tyre, so he had to pit and change tyres. Having rejoined, Vettel moved up from last to eleventh, but a spin on lap 17, made life even more complicated. In the middle stint, Seb was driving at a very strong pace, but a mistake at Turn 7 brought his race to an end. Kimi Raikkonen’s race lasted just 22 laps. Having started from nineteenth, the Finn had climbed back into the top 10. On lap 22, Raikkonen had...

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Mexican GP: Qualifying Results

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015

Sebastian starts third on the grid, Raikkonen takes no risks in Q2 Qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix was a spectacular sight with the stands at the Hermano Rodriguez circuit packed out with enthusiastic fans. Sebastian Vettel was third quickest in 1.19.850. He and the two Mercedes ahead of him were the only drivers to get under the 1m 20s barrier. Kimi Raikkonen had a tough time this afternoon. After his problems in third free practice, the mechanics just got his car rebuilt a few moments before the start of qualifying. He was twelfth quickest in Q1, but in Q2 he came on the radio complaining of a brake problem. Raikkonen will drop five places from his 15th position, because of the penalty that goes with the gearbox change, which is why he decided not to push too hard....

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Ferrari of Palm Beach 488 GTB Premiere

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015

Ferrari of Palm Beach recently hosted a cocktail reception to premier the new Ferrari 488 GTB. Thankfully we were on hand to attend this much anticipated event and to share in Maranello’s newest creation. The dealer was packed with eager tifosi smiling and enjoying the hospitality in anticipation of what was to come. The crowd steadily grew in size right up until the moment of the unveiling. After a brief presentation and video the red satin cover was peeled back to reveal the gorgeous new car. The crowd that had been circled around the 488 GTB now had the opportunity to scrutinize the subtle styling cues and new forms as well as sit in the interior. Judging from all the smiling faces and overheard compliments the new 488 GTB was a hit. Special thanks to our friends at Ferrari of Palm Beach for a...

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Two Dynasties to Control the New Ferrari

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015

From Bloomberg Now that Ferrari is a publicly traded company, two Italian auto dynasties plan a pact to make sure it stays that way. Piero Ferrari, the son of founder Enzo Ferrari, and the Agnelli family — heirs of the founder of Fiat — are poised to sign an agreement tightening their control over the supercar maker. Under the terms of the IPO, the two families can take advantage of rules that will give them almost half of Ferrari’s voting rights, rendering any potential takeover virtually impossible. “We have an agreement among the families to protect our interests in Ferrari,” Piero Ferrari said following the company’s initial public offering Wednesday. “We have a very strong understanding.” Ferrari, 70, who is vice chairman of the company, said he has no plan to sell his 10 percent holding. John Elkann, chairman...

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USGP: Gritty Podium for Vettel

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015

Vettel comes third and Kimi has to retire after an off-track excursion. At the end of a race which he started from thirteenth place on the grid, Sebastian Vettel made up ten places to finish third, which means he is still in the runner-up position in the Drivers’ classification. After going off the track on lap 20, the damage caused by that incident saw Kimi Raikkonen have to pit and retire a few laps later. Lewis Hamilton won the race, which means he cannot be beaten on points and is the 2015 World Champion.   Source: Ferrari...

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